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Grade level: 3-5 | Content areas: Science and Visual Art
In this lesson, students are using the work of artist Andrew Goldsworthy to explore the idea of erosion. Weather, time and the elements all play a roll in this process and Goldsworthy is one of the best artists who showcase this process in their work. What’s also interesting about his art is that it is “transient”, meaning that it changes over time as he places it […]
Designing and developing curriculum is an exciting process that allows us to really think outside the box and create magical experiences for our students. This process should be constant. At no point should curriculum remain stagnant. Even as curriculum is designed and implemented it should constantly evolve and be revisited and further developed as it is used.
In this 6 month series on The Art of Curriculum Design, we will explore the how’s and why’s of curriculum […]
This two part post was spurred on by the first #K12ArtChat of the new year hosted by Nic Hahn, @MiniMatisse, on the topic of stop motion animation. The timing of the chat could not have been any better. Being that I am currently teaching stop motion animation to my middle school art students. The chat was very active with both teachers who have done stop motion animation for many years and those just beginning. Answering […]
Heading back to school after a long break can be a challenge for teachers and students alike. I like to start the New Year with some goal setting for students. A picture I saw on Pinterest inspired this activity, and I added some visual art and math standards to develop it into our first arts integrated project of 2016. Here are some lesson plan ideas you could adapt to use with your class.
Happy 2016 everyone! For many of you, there are only a few days left of a short winter break. Who wants to spend them lesson planning?? That’s why I wanted to share a few easy arts integration lesson ideas with you today that you can pull out next week and not have to worry about planning while you’re savoring these last few moments. These are integrated lessons that are sure-fire winners for me at each grade […]
For the past two weeks, I have shared how I use the Nutcracker to engage students during the month of December. This project is done in my regular classroom without direct support from specialists, because our schedules, unfortunately, don’t allow for it. Today you will find the arts and informational writing components of the project, which complement the language arts components previously shared. Most of the art connection is with dance, which of course includes music, […]
Last week I shared how I try to embrace the month of December with my third graders by exploring and performing The Nutcracker Ballet. Find it here: http://educationcloset.com/2015/12/01/sugar-plums-soldiers-and-snowflakes-oh-my/.
This arts-integrated unit spans the month of December during my language arts class. I have a strict curriculum guide and a relatively strict pacing guide, but it is still possible to bring this arts integrated project to life. Although the guides are strict, I am fortunate to be […]
Grades: 4-6 | Content Areas: Math and Dance
If you want to scare away the majority of adults from a lesson, you’d connect their least favorite subjects: math and dance. From my experience, many educators (myself included) have our own gaps with math and the idea of teaching it heightens our stress levels. By the same token, most adults I know are self-conscious about using their bodies to communicate information – particularly when it comes to […]
At the beginning of this school year, I was planning an arts integration period with three fifth grade teachers. In our school, these are once a week sessions we call HOT Blocks. Classes work with their classroom teacher and me for about nine weeks to learn reading, writing, math or science concepts through art.
I have worked with fifth grade teachers in the past, but I never taught this difficult concept: the phases of the moon. The […]
Grades: 3-5 | Content Areas: Science and Theater
In today’s free arts integration lesson, we’re taking a look at metamorphosis and transformations. Many students cover the idea of metamorphosis in grades K-2 by studying butterflies – how they transform from caterpillar to butterfly. But when you look at the new Next Generation Science Standards in more detail, the idea of true identification, observation and description of the life cycle doesn’t happen until third grade.
One of the […]
Grades: K-2 | Content areas: Reading and Music
We can be inspired by so many different pieces of text, in so many different forms. When I ran across the book Fletcher and the Flying Leaves in our local library, I was intrigued with the topic of a young fox who has never seen the seasons change. As he watches a tree throughout the year, he goes through so many emotions about how the tree will survive. It’s a […]
Grade level: 2-3 | Aligned Standards: Reading and Visual Art
Personification can be a tricky concept for students. Essentially, personification is attaching human attributes to a non-human object. For example think of the images of the “man in the moon”, or the phrase “the candle is dancing in the wind”. Getting our students to not only identify when personification happens, but to actually use it in their own use of language is definitely a higher-order skill.
One important aspect to education that has quickly been pushed aside to make way for more testing is character building. The arts are a great place to house these valuable skills, because we innately build character through arts presentation. Whether stepping on stage for a dance performance, a one-act play, or a music concert, student artists are building their character traits on a daily basis. Highlighting these traits through reflection will help students to make […]
I love using the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat. It is a surefire way to engage students– show them the print, and they are moderately interested. Explain the technique of pointillism and how it was used by Seurat, and they are hooked. I was excited to stumble upon a writing lesson using this work of art when searching on TeachersPayTeachers.
Some of my students were struggling with […]
If you missed any of the Studio STEAM-up series, have no fear the recap is here!! This series took a look at each of the STEAM disciplines and offered creative ways to integrate them with dance. The focus was the secondary national and common core standards for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in partnership with the national standards for Dance. Keeping in mind that true integration involves linking the standards and assessments for each […]